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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for January 19, 2016

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TUESDAY, January 19

Hebrews 5:11 About this we have much to say that is hard to explain, since you have become dull in understanding.

Dr. Haskell taught a great class on early American history. I enjoyed the class. I went to every lecture and took notes and did all the reading. Still, when it came time to take tests, I never made better than a B. That, in the end, is a decent grade, but until this class, I had almost always been able to get an A if I worked hard enough. Not this time.

Occasionally in church, I feel like the dull one, as if there’s something about faith that I just can’t quite grasp. But maybe it’s not simply that I’m not trying hard enough. Maybe I’m not ready to hear some of the lessons in the Bible.

I learned a lot from Dr. Haskell’s class. If I took the class now that I’m older, a subtler thinker, a better listener, I might be able to get an A. It doesn’t really matter. What mattered was that I showed up and listened and studied. I likewise continue to show up in church, to listen and study, and trust that God grades with great generosity.

PRAY for the Diocese of Akure (Ondo, Nigeria)

Today the Church remembers Wulfstan, Bishop of Worcester, 1095.

Ps 26, 28 * 36, 39; Genesis 9:1-17; Hebrews 5:7-14; John 3:16-21



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